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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Mexico City's government on Saturday, December 12th, said shops in the center of the capital and other busy areas would temporarily have to close at 5 p.m. to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection as authorities battle a surge in cases.

Mayor Claudia Sheinbaum says the city is now in a state of "emergency" but like President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, she has opted not to impose binding restrictions, instead urging residents to stay at home and reduce their socializing.

Mexico City and its metropolitan area is the epicenter of the pandemic in . . .

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